Urban Studies



Urban Studies

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Course Offerings


One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

URB 201 Cities of the World
.50 or 1.00 credit
See URB 401.

URB 210 Cities
The history of cities from antiquity to the present. Attention is given to similarities and contrasts in the growth and history of cities. Special emphasis on development of cities in the Western hemisphere.

URB 291 Suburbia: People, Problems and Policies
Examines a distinctive form of contemporary life—the suburbs. The history, organizational structures and values of suburbia. Field trips and guest lecturers provide insight into current ideas for suburban development.

URB 308 European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union
See BID 308.

URB 401 Cities of the World
.50 or 1.00 credit
This course enables students to experience the various approaches other countries and cities utilize to meet contemporary urban concerns. Special emphasis is on government, housing, planning and transportation. An opportunity to study different cultures and societies. May be repeated for credit.

URB 420 Principles and Practices of Urban Planning
Explores the purpose, practice and theories of modern planning for the promotion of social and economic well-being. Provides a framework for understanding many urban problems. Spring Term, even-numbered years.

URB 421 Practical Politics and Political Campaigning
.50 or 1.00 credit
Involves the student directly in politics. Classroom theory is tested when the student participates in a political campaign for a candidate or political party. Every term, as needed.

URB 430 Seminar in Urban Studies
Students will develop basic research techniques and work on a particular topic for an in-depth study. The course will vary in terms of topics and experience. May be repeated for credit.

URB 468 Field Work/Internship in Urban Studies
.50 or 1.00 credit
The primary purpose is to give the student an opportunity to apply classroom learning to a practical work experience. Academic credit for a term of employment at 15 to 20 hours per week in a governmental agency, community organization, lawyer’s office, planning commission or public agency. Evaluation of employee by the employer and a research report by the student are required. Full-time summer study is possible. May be repeated for credit. Every term, as needed.

URB 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
An independent and concentrated reading course centering around a specific problem area, a single field of specialization or a concentration on the writings of major urban thinkers. May be repeated for credit. Written permission of the instructor is required. As requested.

URB 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of urban studies, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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